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Professor Stephen Briggs

Professor Stephen Briggs

Honorary Professor

 Washington Singer 


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK


Professor Stephen Briggs is Honorary Professor and Associate on the Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Programmes, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at the University of East London and Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham. He is a Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, registered with BPC as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, and TAPP (Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) practitioner, supervisor and trainer. He was for 25 years a Senior Member of Staff in the Tavistock Clinic’s Adolescent Department. He has researched widely on infancy and infant observation, adolescence and adolescent psychotherapy, suicide and suicide prevention, and social science research methods, including ‘Practice Near Research’. His research produced internationally excellent publications submitted for RAE 2008, REF 2014 and 2021, impacts, including an Impact Case study (2014), and monographs: Growth and Risk in Infancy (1997); Working with Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychodynamic Approach (2008) and Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (2018). He has led research projects funded by ESRC, Central and Local Government Departments and Charitable Foundations. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Association (PFHEA). He has been an expert advisor for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Centre for Guidelines (CfG). He began his career in social work and remains a Registered Social Worker with Social Work England.


BA (Cantab); MSc (Oxon); PhD; CQSW; Psychodynamic Psychotherapist (BPC)



Professor of Social Work, University of East London (2006- 2020; Emeritus from 2020)

Consultant Social Worker, Adolescent Department, Tavistock Clinic (1991-2012)

Founder, Stephen Briggs Consulting (2012 - present)



Research interests

Adolescence, adolescent psychotherapy, including Time-limited Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (TAPP)

Infancy and infant observation

Psychoanalytic understanding of suicide and self-harm

Evaluations of practice, including systematic review/metaanalysis

Qualitative reseaarch, icnluding 'practice-near' methods

Research networks

Time-limited Adolesent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy practitioners 






Thesis supervision



Resaerch tehsis supervision

Supervision / Group

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